Friday, May 10, 2013

30 days to go until Illinois gets unregulated carry!

It’s not really Constitutional Carry, which four states enjoy and another (Arkansas) will have later this summer, because local home-rule government units can place restrictions (albeit, probably unconstitutional) and may try to make an arrest of an Illinois gun owner carrying concealed – or otherwise.

Of course, if they choose to make an arrest based upon a local ordinance that regulates transportation or possession of a firearm that’s contrary to the Seventh Circuit’s Moore decision striking down the Illinois prohibition on carry outside the home as unconstitutional, they will be risking a 1983 lawsuit for damages.  Section 1983 suits deal with the violation of civil rights under the color of authority.

Our advice:  After June 9th, if we don’t have a carry law in Illinois, strap on your heater if you’re so inclined.  Concealed means concealed.  Don’t run your mouth about it.  Don’t play with it over the course of the day.  Have some training before you carry and know the rules for justifiable use of deadly force.  And for heaven’s sake:  be careful.

Concealed means concealed.

While the Seventh Circuit’s decision striking down Illinois Unlawful Use of Weapons statute would mean that you could carry a rifle in public, we wouldn’t recommend it.

What’s that expression about inviting the man into your life?

Just don’t do it.


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